Gastroenteritis breaks out in Qazigund

Srinagar, : Doctors on Saturday confirmed outbreak of gastroenteritis in Qazirgund area in district Anantnag resulting into severe illness of over 200 people including children.

According to KNS correspondent, the disease has affected many villages of Qazigund block like Kund, Rizlaw, Waripora, Nigeen Pora, Kralaw and Baingooun. The locals in these affected areas have alleged supplies of contaminated drinking water. Locals alleged that they are being supplied contaminated water which is responsible for this disease.

“We had approached the PHE department many a times but seeking their attention for supplies of safe drinking water but to no avail,” said a local adding that the spread disease has created a wave of anger and apprehension among the inhabitants of the entire area.

Talking to KNS, Dr Salim-u-Rehman director health services Kashmir said: “The disease has affected one village Razloo in Qazigund block. We have treated 97 patients free of cost sofar and five out of them are admitted. Rest are fine and they have been sent to their homes. We have deputed divisional and district response teams to the affected village and all the patents have been managed within the district.”

Dr Rehman informed that these Patients have symptoms of diaharroea, high grade fever and dysentery. “The locals in this village have been advised to consume boiled water and avoid unhygienic living condition,” director health services Kashmir added. He said the situation is under control and there is no need to be panic as none of the patients is serious. (KNS)

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